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Journey to Nursing Excellence

The Medical Center is on a Journey to Nursing Excellence. On December 20, 2007, The Medical Center applied to the American Nurses Credentialing Center, a subsidiary of the American Nurses Association, to become a Magnet Designated hospital. This designation is considered the gold standard for nursing.

Studies show that hospitals with Magnet attributes have:

  • Higher nurse-to-patient ratios
  • Lower mortality rates
  • Nursing competence rated at a higher level
  • Decreased length of stay
  • Increased patient/family satisfaction
  • Decreased risk of falls, medication errors and post procedure complications
  • Good nurse-physician relationships and communication

Magnet hospitals foster innovative, patient-focused initiatives and raise the bar on patient care. Physicians, nurses and staff work collaboratively to create a magnetic culture in which new ideas and excellent work practices thrive and communication and the entire work environment improves.

A Magnet Designated hospital demonstrates the 14 Forces of Magnetism, traits that support the recruitment and retention of highly qualified registered nurses while consistently providing quality patient care.

14 Forces of Magnetism

  • Quality of Leadership
  • Organizational Structures
  • Management Style
  • Personnel Policies and Programs
  • Professional Models of Care
  • Quality of Care
  • Quality Improvement
  • Consultation and Resources
  • Autonomy
  • Community and the Healthcare Organization
  • Nurses as Teachers
  • Image of Nursing
  • Interdisciplinary Relationships
  • Professional Development

The application process involves a rigorous review and analysis of The Medical Center’s commitment to implementing the Forces of Magnetism. It consists of four phases: Application, Submission of Written Documentation, Site Visit and Award Decision. With the application accepted, The Medical Center is now preparing the written documentation for submission.

At The Medical Center, our patients are fortunate to have a highly qualified and motivated nursing staff working toward achieving Magnet Designation that will result in an even better environment and superior patient care.